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Beer Styles

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German-Style Helles

“Helles” means “pale in color,” as these beers are often golden. The German-style Helles is similar in flavor to adjunct-influenced lagers, but possess more advanced pilsener malt flavor and have a touch more sweetness, and are less dry in the finish. A full-bodied lager that puts pilsener malt flavors forward and can be perceived as bready. A slight sweetness permeates with just a hint of hop spiciness. Clean and crisp, this is a refreshing beer with substance. Low levels of yeast-produced sulfur aromas and flavors may be common.

Food Pairings

  • Samosas
  • Colby
  • Baklava

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Flute
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Pale to Golden

Clarity

Clear to Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma is not perceived to low. Hop flavor and bitterness are very low to low, deriving from European noble-type hops

Malt

Malt character is sometimes bread-like, yet always reminiscent of freshly and very lightly toasted malted barley

Esters

Not common to style

Phenols

Not common to style.

Sensations

Body

Moderate

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Munich

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager

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